Sewing Machine Attachments

The sewing machine attachments you have will depend on your sewing machine and what sewing machine feet were supplied with the machine

I do recommend purchasing after market sewing machine feet, because the results are professional, as well as, a variety of sewing machine feet will make light work of some sewing duties.

It is so important to have the right tools for any job.

These accessories achieve different tasks and make it easier to sew professional looking seams.

They add embellishments other wise not achieved without them or it would be more difficult to achieve with out them.

Straight Stitch Foot

Straight stitch sewing machine foot

This foot is exactly as it sounds. Your straight stitch foot will be used the most.

It also will be the foot you use to do most of your zig zag stitches.

Invisible Zipper Foot

Invisible zipper feet are used to sew and invisible zipper. This zipper looks exactly how it sounds. You cannot see the zipper in your sewing project if it is applied properly. The photo below is how it looks and the sewing machine foot below this is what you used to apply the zipper.

invisible zipper foot
invisible zipper foot

This foot is used for zippers, piping and sewing seams that have excess bulk on one side.

It can adjust from one side of the needle to the other for a close seam.

Gathering Foot

Gathering can be done by sewing two straight stitches parallel to each other at 2/8" and 4/8" from the seam edge. Then pulling the underside threads, you begin to gather your fabric.

An alternative method to gathering is the gathering foot you see below.

This very handy tool is great when you have a lot of gathering to do.

I have made dresses with a lot frills and put after market frills on bed skirts that would have been pain staking if I did not have this foot.

The fabric is placed under the gathering plate and it pushes the fabric through.

Your gathers are done in one step and faster than if you did it by hand.

Buttonhole

buttonhole maker

The buttonhole sewing attachment above, measures the button and creates the buttonhole for the size needed.

It does this all in one step for saving time. You can also adjust most button attachments manually, when the button is too large to fit the attachment.

buttonhole maker

The vintage buttonhole maker, to the left, comes with the plates shown below.

buttonhole maker

Older sewing machine attachments were a little more bulky to work with, and took more time to set up, but they were very effective.

I first learned to sew, and made many of my first sewing projects on this type of machine, using this type of buttonhole attachment.

In fact my mom still has and uses her Singer machine from the 1950's. She has more than one modern machine, that has more options, but loves the older work horse mentality of her old Singer.

Roller Foot

The roller foot is great for leather, vinyl, and suede. These types of materials can be difficult because the two layers tend to shift.

A regular straight stitch foot will cause friction pressing down on the material and causing it to get caught up in the feed dogs of your machine.

The material is soft and pliable so it does not feed smoothly. With the roller foot it does exactly what the name implies, it rollers over top of the material and gives a smooth feed with less friction.

Like a rolling pin over sticky pie dough. This foot is also very useful for heavy weight fabrics, such as denim and canvas that have bulky and uneven seams.

Blind Hem Foot

This foot replaces the hand sewing method. It is a fast way of hemming dress slacks.

When the hem is positioned correctly, the needle and thread only catch the fabric every few stitches for a seemingly stitch less hem.

For sewing machine attachments alternatives, see hand sewing needles.

Walking Foot

This useful machine attachment is great for fabrics like plaids and stripes or patterns that need to match upon the finished projects.

The top and bottom layer of fabrics remain evenly stitched.

It is also useful for vinyl and bulky knits that tend to stretch or slip when sewing.

Over Edge Foot

If you don't have a serger, the over edge foot can give the next best alternative to a serger finished seam.

The above mentioned, is only a small amount of sewing machine attachments available. Depending on what make and model of sewing machine you have.

Sewing machine attachments really open up the variety of details you can accomplish with your sewing projects.

Most of these attachments are not expensive and if you purchase them one at a time or as needed, they become an indispensable part of your sewing world. In other words once you have them they are yours forever.

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